Oklahoma 'Bitterly Disappointed' with Kickoff Time for Rivalry Game vs. Nebraska

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 27, 2021

NORMAN, OK - APRIL 24:  Oklahoma Sooners helmets sit next to the end zone before their spring game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on April 24, 2021 in Norman, Oklahoma.   (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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If you ever thought 11 a.m. was far too early to be up and around on a Saturday, you aren't alone. 

Nebraska and Oklahoma will renew their rivalry on the gridiron on Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. CT, much to the chagrin of the latter school. OU athletic director Joe Castiglione issued a statement Thursday saying the Sooners are "bitterly disappointed" with the kickoff time:

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Statement from @soonerad on the OU-Nebraska football game: pic.twitter.com/p6fUJBwW5e

Castiglione added that Oklahoma "tried every possible avenue to proactively make our case" and had the support of the Big 12, only for Fox to turn down the requests.

That start time certainly isn't the most convenient because players will have to begin their pregame preparations relatively early in the morning. But 11 a.m. isn't a significant departure from the noon time slot schools in the Eastern time zone typically occupy each week.

This is also the tradeoff when the Big 12 signs a 13-year, $2.6 billion deal with its television partners.

Should Nebraska upset Oklahoma, you can bet the phrase "body clock" will re-enter the college football vernacular.